Category: 2014

Dan Short Gianotti, Bruce Anderson, and Guido Salvucci publish paper in Journal of Climate

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Bruce Anderson, Faculty, Graduate students, Guido Salvucci, Oct-14, Publications

Earth & Environment graduate student Dan Gianotti and Professors Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci have recently published a paper in the Journal of Climate.

The paper, “The Potential Predictability of Precipitation Occurrence, Intensity and Seasonal Totals over the Continental United States,” was published in September and can be accessed online.

The study breaks the variability of precipitation into “weather” and “climate” components and finds that most of the opportunity for seasonal climate prediction lies in precipitation occurrence rather than intensity or seasonal total precipitation.

Dan Gianotti is a Ph.D. candidate working with Anderson and Salvucci on hydrology, climate systems, and the interactions between people and water. To learn more about Gianotti’s work, check out his website.

To learn more about the work of Bruce Anderson and Guido Salvucci, visit their profile pages on our website.

E&E Grad student Andrew Christ first authors paper published in GSA Bulletin

September 25th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Dave Marchant, Faculty, Graduate students, Publications, Sept-14

Earth & Environment Ph.D. student Andrew Christ was recently first author on a paper published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin.

The paper, “Late Holocene glacial advance and ice shelf growth in Barilari Bay, Graham Land, west Antarctic Peninsula,” is available online here.

Christ is a Ph.D. student working with Professor Dave Marchant. Christ’s research focuses on antarctic  geomorphology.


Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock publish new paper in Remote Sensing of Environment

September 23rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Curtis Woodcock, Faculty, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Earth & Environment post-doc Zhe Zhu and Professor and Chair Curtis Woodcock have published a new paper in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.

The paper, “Automated cloud, cloud shadow, and snow detection in multitemporal Landsat data: An algorithm designed specifically for monitoring land cover change,” provides a new, better way to detect cloud, cloud shadow, and snow in Landsat data using the multitemporal information of the data.

The article was published in the 152th volume of the journal and can be accessed online here.

Additionally, Zhu and Woodcock have also provided a stand alone software for this algorithm (Tmask) for both windows and linux, and it can be accessed here.

Suchi Gopal publishes new article in Social Science & Medicine

September 22nd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Publications, Sept-14, Suchi Gopal

Earth & Environment Professor Suchi Gopal has published a new article in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

The article, “Accessibility patterns and community integration among previously homeless adults: A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) approach,” will be available in print in the 120th volume of the journal due out November 2014.

The article is available online now; to read the article, click on the journal title or this link.

To learn more about Professor Gopal’s publications, visit her recent publications page in our publications section.

Lucy Hutyra publish new paper in Biogeochemistry

September 10th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Lucy Hutyra, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra along with former members of the department, former graduate student Preeti Rao and former Post-doctoral Associate Steve Raciti, and Biology Associate Professor Pam Templer have published a new article in the journal Biogeochemistry.

The article, “Atmospheric nitrogen inputs and losses along an urbanization gradient from Boston to Harvard Forest, MA,” is first authored by Rao and was published in the 121st volume of the journal.

The article can be read online here.

To learn more about Lucy Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page on our website, or visit her recent publication section.

William Nardin publishes paper in Nature Geoscience

September 9th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14, Sergio Fagherazzi

Earth & Environment Post-doctoral Associate William Nardin has recently been published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Nardin’s article, “Optimum vegetation height and density for inorganic sedimentation in deltaic marshes,” was published online this past August. The full text is available here.

Nardin works with Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi.

To learn more about Nardin’s work, check out his profile page.

Bradley Thomson and Farouk El-Baz publish paper in EOS

September 3rd, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Farouk El-Baz, Publications, Researchers, Sept-14

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Bradley Thomson and Director Dr. Farouk El-Baz at Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing have recently published a paper in Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union.

The paper, “Future Mars Rovers: The Next Places to Direct Our Curiosity,” presents an overview of Mars landing site selection activity for the Mars 2020 and ExoMars rovers, and makes comparisons to site selection process for the Apollo lunar program.

To learn more about Thomson’s publications, check out his website in the Center for Remote Sensing’s staff profiles. To learn more about El-Baz’s work, visit his website.

Nicoletta Leonardi and Sergio Fagherazzi publish new paper in Geology

August 29th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Faculty, Graduate students, Publications, Sept-14, Sergio Fagherazzi, Undergraduate

Earth & Environment PhD Candidate Nicoletta Leonardi and Associate Professor Sergio Fagherazzi have recently published a paper in the journal Geology.

The paper, “How waves shape salt marshes,” is first authored by Leonardi and co-authored by Fagherazzi.

The paper presents both field measurements and a numeric model; the field measurements were largely collected thanks to the students of the Boston University Marine Program (BUMP) during Fagherazzi’s ES 543 Estuaries and Nearshore Systems class.

To learn more about Fagherazzi’s publications, check out his recent publications in our publication section. To learn more about Leonardi’s work, visit her website.


Michael Dietze publishes seven new articles

August 20th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Graduate students, Michael Dietze, Publications, Researchers

Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Michael Dietze has published several new articles over the course of the summer. These articles include:

  1. Niu S, Y Luo, M Dietze, T Keenan, Z Shi, J Li, FS Chapin III. 2014. The role of data assimilation in predictive ecology. Ecosphere. Accepted
  2. Fisher J, M Sikka, W Oechel, D Huntzinger, J Melton, C Koven, A Ahlström, A Arain, I Baker, J Chen, P Ciais, C Davidson*, M Dietze, B El-Masri, D Hayes, C Huntingford, A Jain, P Levy, M Lomas, B Poulter, D Price, A Sahoo, K Schaefer, H Tian, E Tomelleri, H Verbeeck, N Viovy, R Wania, N Zeng, C Miller. 2014. Carbon cycle uncertainty in the Alaskan Arctic. Biogeosciences Discuss., 11, 2887-2932 doi:10.5194/bgd-11-2887-2014
  3. De Kauwe M, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, A Walker, S Asao, M Dietze, B El-Masri, T Hickler, A Jain, Y Luo, W Parton, IC Prentice, B Smith, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Wårlind, E Weng, P Hanson. Where does the carbon go? A model-data intercomparison of carbon allocation at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment sites. New Phytologist. DOI: 10.1111/nph.12847
  4. Walker A, P Hanson, M De Kauwe, B Medlyn, S Zaehle, S Asao, M Dietze, T Hickler, C Huntingford, C Iversen, A Jain, M Lomas, Y Luo, H McCarthy, W Parton, IC Prentice, P Thornton, S Wang, Y-P Wang, D Warlind, E Weng, J Warren, I Woodward, R Oren, R Norby. Comprehensive ecosystem model-data synthesis using multiple datasets at two temperate forest free-air CO2 enrichment experiments: model performance at ambient CO2 concentration. Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeoscience. DOI: 10.1002/2013JG002553
  5. Matheny A, G Bohrer, P Stoy, I Baker, A Black, A Desai, M Dietze, C Gough, V Ivanov, P Jassal, K Novick, K Schäfer, H Verbeeck. Characterizing the diurnal patterns of errors in land-surface models’ prediction of evapotranspiration: an NACP analysis Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences.
  6. Dietze M, J Hatala Matthes*. A general ecophysiological framework for modeling the impact of pests and pathogens on forest ecosystems. Ecology Letters In press.
  7. Viskari T*, B Hardiman*, A Desai, M Dietze. Model-data assimilation of multiple phenological observations to constrain and predict leaf area index. Ecological Applications In press

To see a complete list of Assistant Professor Dietze’s recent publications, including links to the articles, visit his recent publications page in our publications section.

The starred authors indicate students and/or members of Dr. Dietze’s research team.

Ranga Myneni publishes three new articles

August 14th, 2014 in 2014, 2014, Aug-14, Faculty, Publications, Ranga Myneni

Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni recently co-authored three new articles:

  • Ciais et al., 2014. Current systematic carbon-cycle observations and the need for implementing a policy-relevant carbon observing system, Biogeosciences, 11: 3547-3602 (doi:10.5194/bg-11-3547-2014).
  • Van Oijen et al., 2014. Impact of droughts on the C-cycle in European Vegetation: a probabilistic risk analysis using six vegetation models, Biogeosciences Discussion, doi:10.5194/bgd-11-8325-2014.
  • Yan et al., 2014. Development of a remotely sensing seasonal vegetation-based Palmer Drought Severity Index and its application of global drought monitoring, JGR-Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021673.

To learn more about articles published by Prof. Myneni, visit his section of our publications page.